2006年12月29日

〔メモ〕石井紘基代議士暗殺に関する海外メディアの報道など

http://www.asyura2.com/0610/nihon21/msg/199.html

にヒントを得て少しメモ書き。

日本の野党議員が暗殺された場合には、日本のメディアより外国のメディアが的確な情報を提供する可能性もあるのかなあというのが率直な感想ではある。

★英紙「ガーディアン」の記事「Japanese Politician Murdered」

http://www.guardian.co.uk/japan/story/0%2C7369%2C819574%2C00.html

http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/10-25-2002-28920.asp

Koki Ishii, an outspoken member of the house of representatives for the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, was slashed in the head and chest with a 12-inch sashimi knife as he was about to get into his car.

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Japan has one of the world's lowest levels of crime and has not had a political assassination since 1960, when the Socialist party leader Inejiro Asanuma was stabbed to death by a rightwing youth at a political rally.

But many politicians say they have been threatened by rightwing extremists and gangsters connected with building companies, industry and senior members of the government party, the Liberal Democrats.

Ishii was one of the most vocal critics of the cosy and often illicit ties between these groups, prompting even the prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, to speculate that the murder may have been politically motivated.

"There is absolutely no excuse for the use of violence to silence politicians," he said. "I feel anger rising up inside me."

★Who killed Koki Ishii? The murder of Japan's top corruption-busting politician raises questions no one dares answer

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0NTN/is_54/ai_115408926

Ishii was especially frustrated, say his family and friends, by the bureaucrats who control public policy and tax allocation in Japan, once telling a recalcitrant mandarin to "translate documents into English," because he found the Japanese explanation so confusing. Ishii had little faith that LDP insider Junichiro Koizumi would turn the country around. "Koizumi's reforms were like putting a band-aid on the hand of a dying patient," says Tatiana.

His family and friends believe that Ishii's relentless pursuit of corruption and the secret state made him powerful political and possibly underworld enemies. Japan's yakuza, whose members control a huge chunk of the construction industry and have a long history of collusion with ultra-rightists and senior LDP political figures (see sidebar), will have shed no tears over his death.

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